Week 2 of the 2018 NFL regular season is here. You might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner.
Most of you have your favorite teams and fantasy players to track. But in case you’re completely neutral or need help breaking ties regarding what to watch, we’ve ranked all 16 games on the schedule from most appealing to least enticing.
1. Vikings at Packers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): The early schedule is so loaded that this becomes a backburner game if Aaron Rodgers doesn’t suit up. But is there any doubt Rodgers will play? Regardless, this could ultimately decide the mighty NFC North.
2. Patriots at Jaguars (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): A rematch of last year’s AFC title game, but Jacksonville looks better and New England looks more vulnerable. This could have implications for months to come.
3. Chiefs at Steelers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Pittsburgh needs redemption, while the Chiefs are looking to build off an incredible offensive performance in Week 1. This is absolutely a potential AFC championship game preview, and a chance to see what Patrick Mahomes and James Conner can do for encores.
4. Giants at Cowboys (Sunday night, NBC): Both teams have playoff talent, and they’re both battling to avoid 0-2 starts. So many stars, such strong markets. And these games usually come down to the wire.
5. Eagles at Buccaneers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): The Bucs were the team of Week 1, while the Eagles were the team of 2017. They have similar looks, especially with those deep defensive lines. Plus, it’ll be fun to see what backup quarterbacks Nick Foles and Ryan Fitzpatrick can do for their respective teams in this situation.
6. Panthers at Falcons (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Both teams have been gutted already by injuries, and now they’re trying to make those bad feelings go away with a big early victory within the strongest division in football. Two former MVP quarterbacks should bring the fireworks.
7. Seahawks at Bears (Monday night, ESPN): Russell Wilson vs. Khalil Mack, and both teams are trying to avoid 0-2. That’s nice.
8. Browns at Saints (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): The blowout potential exists here, but Cleveland is a lot of fun right now and New Orleans desperately needs a better performance on defense.
9. Colts at Redskins (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): The Colts look to avoid falling to 0-2 following a disheartening loss to the Bengals, while the Redskins look to capitalize on an impressive win in Arizona against the Cardinals.
10. Ravens at Bengals (Thursday night, NFL): Both teams are seeking bounce-back seasons, and both got off to strong starts by exceeding expectations in Week 1 victories. The winner here will be the center of plenty of buzz.
11. Texans at Titans (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Both teams entered the season with high expectations. Now, one will fall to 0-2. Marcus Mariota and Deshaun Watson really need this.
12. Lions at 49ers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Both teams fell flat in their openers. Now the pressure’s on for two of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, as well as their supporting casts. But neither team is probably going anywhere this year.
13. Raiders at Broncos (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): A good old rivalry but neither team is a major contender, and we already got our laughs in for Jon Gruden last weekend. Just monitor this one until the fourth quarter.
14. Dolphins at Jets (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): What can Sam Darnold do for an encore? That’s worth monitoring, but there are too many good early Sunday games to give this your complete attention. The Dolphins won last week, but they remain a bore nonetheless.
15. Chargers at Bills (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Same rule applies here.
16. Cardinals at Rams (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): The Rams are always entertaining, but this isn’t worth it unless Arizona surprisingly puts up a fight. The Cardinals look terrible.